Packaging industry calls for joined-up approach to waste policy

Key stakeholders from across the UK packaging value chain have written to UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove and ministers in Scotland and Wales, outlining their priorities for the next stage of delivery of the Resources and Waste Strategy (RWS).

The letter, sent last Saturday (11 May), asks the Secretary of State to support a ‘unified approach across the UK nations on legislation, timescales and implementation in respect to the consultations’, urging a joined-up approach to extended producer responsibility for packaging and recycling collections consistency in particular.

The signatories to the letter, who represent the entire packaging value chain, propose that all revenues from a mooted tax on plastic packaging with less than a certain amount of recycled content go straight back into waste infrastructure to ensure the supply of recycled material and that local authorities demonstrate value for money in a fair and transparent EPR system.